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Aug 27, 2009 09:54 AM

Tomato dishes

Where can I go to get a great tomato dish right now? I know the blight has affected a lot of tomatoes and I want to find some great tomato flavor.
HELP! DC or Arlington preferred.

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  1. Dino has a really nice panzanella salad, they also have a great capresse salad with heirloom tomatoes.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      I have to agree. If you want a great tomato dish in a restaurant, go to Dino! If you want to find tomatoes at a farmers market, there were plenty this past weekend at the Dupont market. Every tomato that we bought at the market was delicious, grilled, raw, or slow roasted. Just ate the last one - raw, sliced with salt sprinkled.

      1. re: foodtrip

        Came here to post Dino as well - I really liked their yellow tomato panna cotta.

    2. West End Bistro has an incredible tomato consomme. It is probably the best cold soups I have ever had. I'm pretty sure it's on their regular menu right now. I had a meal there recently (I describe it more fully here: and the light tomato soup was the highlight for sure.

      1. Sure hasn't affected mine. I have so many: Romas, Brandywine, Wickline, cherry, other heirlooms I forget the names of.

        Caprese is the best! Have fun eating your way through tomato season!

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        1. re: Transplanted Texan

          I wouldn't know about a blight-I put up 75 lbs of mostly heirloom toms.....

        2. My favorite.
          Simple, basic, made at home from dead ripe tomatoes freshly picked.
          1/4 or 1/8 ripe fruits. Chop or hand shred fresh basil on top. Follow with some freshly coarse ground pepper. Just prior to eating, sprinkle with coarse Mediteranian Sea Salt.
          If you like, add a bit of olive oil based dressing.

          1. I have seen no shortage of great tomatoes this summer. But aside from Dinos razor focus on what is fresh at the farmers market, I can't say the same for most other restaurants. I just buy them at a farmers market and eat them at home. It s probably the easiest thing one can do, even if you're not a cook. No cooking required. Just a sharp knife and some good salt for starters. Add some evoo and good balsamico if you want to get fancy.